Over the past five years, the majority of new products in the distilled spirits category have revolved around new flavor introductions, mostly vodka.Â In the past year, Americaâ€™s two biggest whiskey distillers have made a bold move by â€œflavoringâ€ their whiskiesâ€¦including Jim Beam and Jack Danielâ€™s.
While flavored Brandy and whiskey have been around for years, this new breed of flavored spirits is very different from its predecessors.Â Older versions tend to be more cordial-like with a sweet, sticky flavor and texture.Â The new style of flavored whiskies are designed more to reflect their native spirit and to be mixed in cocktails or served over ice.Â The most common flavors being produced right now are honey and cherry, but you will also find blackberry, vanilla and spiced.Â
Here is a look at a few of the new flavored whiskies!
PHILLIPS UNION VANILLA:Â
A blend of Canadian whiskey and Bourbon, Phillips Union uses Madagascar Vanilla to give this whiskey a soft vanilla aroma and sweetness.Â The whiskey is still the dominate trait of this spirit, while the vanilla accents the natural flavors of the whiskey obtained from barrel aging.Â Phillips Union is smooth and delicate and very enjoyable over ice or as a substitute for Irish Whiskey in your favorite Irish Coffee recipe.
2 oz Phillips Union Vanilla
1 tsp sugar
6 oz black coffee
Top with whipped cream
BIRD DOG BLACKBERRY:
A blend of American Whiskey and blackberries provides a unique flavor of sweet blackberry fruit, vanilla and a slight hint of caramel sweetness.Â Once again, the additional flavoring is secondary to the light-bodied American Whiskey style.Â Best served over ice or try something new, a Perfect Blackberry Manhattan!
PERFECT BLACKBERRY MANHATTAN
(serve over ice)
Â¼ oz sweet vermouth
Â¼ oz dry vermouth
2 dashes of bitters
3 oz Bird Dog Blackberry
Garnish with blackberries
One of the classic Bourbon cocktails has always been the Manhattan with a cherry garnish.Â Well take the classic Jim Beam, infuse it with sweet black cherries and the Manhattan will be the first thing that comes to mind.Â When you first taste Red Stag, you will know it is Jim Beam because of the toasted oak and smoky flavors.Â About halfway through the first taste, the cherry flavor explodes and then finishes with the smooth, rich flavor thatÂ Jim Beam is famous for.Â Try chilled, over ice or mix up a Classic Manhattan.Â
(serve over ice)
Â½ oz sweet vermouth
2 dashes cherry bitters
3 oz Red Stag
Garnish with maraschino cherries
JACK DANIELâ€™S TENNESSEE HONEY:
I am sure a lot of Jack Danielâ€™s fans, like myself, scratched their heads and said â€œWHAT IN THE WORLD, DONâ€™T PUT HONEY IN MY JACKâ€ when they caught sight of this new product.Â I will be the first to admit I was very skeptical of this new release, but I will never second guess Jack Danielâ€™s again!Â
The aroma of Jackâ€™s sugar maple charcoal along with a sweet honey aroma, jump out of the bottle.Â The flavors of Jack Danielâ€™s Tennessee Whiskey are evident from start to finish along with flavors of butterscotch, vanilla, roasted nuts and caramel.Â Jack Danielâ€™s Honey is definitely the sweetest of these new whiskies, but not too sweet!Â Enjoy chilled, over ice or neat as an after dinner sipper.Â I may even try using Jack Danielâ€™s Tennessee Honey to glaze a smoked ham!